04-15-2012, 09:45 AM
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If you only had the two cichlids in the tank, then adding the plec probably added allot of bioload to the system triggering a mini-cycle. Sounds like you have increased ammonia levels at least since they are recommending an absorber. The ammonia spike will be short lived probably, but the nitrIte spike that will follow may not be. I suggest adding a little salt to the aquarium to protect the fish from nitrItes. I recommend finding out the exact levels you have for ammonia and nitrItes. Finally, I suggest changing as much water as you can each day and using Prime as a dechlorinator. It seems to be able to protect fish from high levels of ammonia and nitrItes. If the fish have columnaris, then the increased temperatures are a bad thing.